ELA Digital Choice Board

From Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer to Penny Kittle’s Book Love, research continues to support the benefits of empowering students to make their own choices when it comes to what books they read in order to learn and apply new thinking and reading skills. Over the last several years, many English teachers have transitioned from centering their curriculum around traditional teacher-selected texts to supporting choice-based reading in their classrooms.

With the progression to this format, teachers are constantly looking for ways to engage and assess their students’ understanding and analysis of texts when not everyone has read the same thing. Cue the English Class Digital Choice Board. 

When I rolled this out to my middle school students, I was eager to see what they would create, but nothing prepared me for how amazing their products would be and how much work they would put into publishing them. 

I’ve included the image that I would post in our learning management system, but I’ve also attached the Keynote file as a resource in the event that you want to manipulate the choice board to add, remove, or edit the choices. 

Happy reading and happy creating!


Image showcasing the nine options
Digital Choice Board Options


7 replies

September 20, 2022

What a wide range of ways to empower students to demonstrate their literacy learning in creative ways! I can see this choice board being used over time with even increasing success. Thanks so much for sharing the editable Keynote!

September 21, 2022

Wonderful Choice Board. I love the variety. Such a perfect “alternate assessment” and very meaningful. You are so right, when we give students creative choices the products are so often amazing. I’m passing your template along. Thanks so much for sharing!

September 23, 2022

This is a brilliant way to introduce students to the many ways they can document their learning on an iPad!

January 11, 2023

Yes love this resource thank you

May 31, 2023

I love this choice board! So many creative choices for students! I cannot wait to try this in my classroom!

May 31, 2023

I'm always searching for new choice board ideas! These will be wonderful, and incorporating the technology aspect that kids love makes it even more beneficial. Thank you for sharing!

May 31, 2023

Very engaging! I am looking forward to using a similar version of this in my classroom. Thank you for sharing.

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